Observatory of the Black, Gulf and Mediterranean Seas (OBGMS)

Geostrategic Dialogue Series

As of this Fall, The Observatory will propose a series of monthly conferences with experts entitled the Geostrategic Dialogue Series (GDS).  The theme for the Fall is “Europe and its … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

A City by the Sea : Marseille, France

As we come back from our Summer break, we would like to put the spotlight on Maria Elena BUSLACCHI’s article on Marseille and the importance of the regeneration of port … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Save the date : November 17, 2014

The Observatory will be organising a roundtable around our bi-annual publication, the Geostrategic Maritime Review, which will be on Energy Security. Our guest speakers will be Slavtcho NEYKOV, former Director of … Continue reading

August 9, 2014

Fernando Ibanez joins the Observatory

          The Observatory welcomes Fernando Ibanez to the Scientific Council and to the Geostrategic Maritime Task Force (GMTF) under the direction of the Jean-Paul Pancracio. Here is … Continue reading

August 4, 2014

The President participates in the Summer University in Baku, Azerbaijan

On the invitation of SAM (Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan) and CIFE (Centre international de Formation Européenne), the President participated in the Black … Continue reading

July 29, 2014

The Obsevatory welcomes Dr Jean-Paul Pancracio, professeur émérite

The President and the Scientific Council are pleased to announce that Jean-Paul Pancracio has joined the Observatory. Professor Pancracio will join our Scientific Council, to which he will contribute his … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Welcome to Dr Virginie Tassin

We are pleased to welcome Dr Virginie Tassin to the Observatory’s Scientific Council. Dr. Virginie J.M. Tassin is a recognized expert in Law of the Sea (International Law) and in … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dr John Bruni and Ioannis Chapsos join the Scientific Council

We are pleased to announce that Dr John Bruni, Director of Sage International, based in Adelaide, Australia, is joining us and will bring his perspective from South East Asia.  He … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Observatory wins tender call with the French Marine Ministry

The Observatory is proud to announce that we have won, in partnership with AESMA and INHESJ, a tender call on “Migration Flows in the Mediterranean” with the French Marine Ministry. … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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  • Rabat's Undoing
    Why the Moroccan Monarchy Should be Worried October 23, 2014 Intissar Fakir and Maati Monjib Summary:  Arab Spring–driven reforms might have seemed inconsequential when they were introduced in 2011. But they may be changing Morocco’s political system more than anticipated. Morocco’s king has always had it good. He governs the country in practice but has been […]
  • The Tunisia Model
    Did Tunis Win the Arab Spring? October 23, 2014 Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus Summary:  On October 26, Tunisians will finally have a real and unrestricted choice at the polls. Other transitioning regimes in the Middle East and the world should take note: Democracy is not about exclusion, but about giving people a genuine choice—even, or especially, when it’s […]
  • Grappling With Graft
    How to Combat the Growing Corruption Epidemic October 22, 2014 Alexander Lebedev and Vladislav Inozemtsev Summary:  The world needs a new international convention to combat corruption -- a global epidemic that erodes government institutions, fuels unrest, and increasingly threatens the stability of the West. Corruption is one of the world’s hottest topics. F […]
  • Pick Your Battles
    Ending America’s Era of Permanent War
 October 20, 2014 Richard K. Betts Summary:  After a decade-plus of war, the lessons for the United States are clear: fight fewer, more traditional wars and fight them more decisively. Above all, avoid getting entangled in the politics of chaotic countries. For more than a decade now, U.S. soldiers have been laboring und […]
  • Why They Fought
    How War Made the State and the State Made Peace October 20, 2014 Michael Mandelbaum According to Ian Morris, the author of a sweeping history of conflict from prehistoric times to the present, war can sometimes produce safety. But his account runs into difficulties as it approaches the present. War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilizat […]

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  • 34-mepc-67-emissions October 23, 2014
    Page Heading: IMO’s MEPC progresses work on air pollution and energy efficiency Page Subheading: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 67th session, 13 to 17 October 2014 Article Date: 23/10/2014 Description: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) met for its 67th session. Rollup Image:
    Natasha Brown
  • 33-mepc-67-bwm October 20, 2014
    Page Heading: IMO’s environment committee addresses implementation issues as ballast water management treaty nears entry into force Page Subheading: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 67thh session, 13 to 17 October 2014 Article Date: 20/10/2014 Description: Resolutions address type-approval of BWM systems and port State control. Rollup Image: […]
    Natasha Brown
  • 31-MEPC-67-preview October 9, 2014
    Page Heading: Polar Code and ballast water management on agenda at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee Page Subheading: Preview: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 67th session, 13 to 17 October 2014 Article Date: 24/09/2014 Description: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meets for 67th session from 13 to 17 October. Rollup […]
    Natasha Brown
  • 32-mepc-polar October 20, 2014
    Page Heading: Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee Page Subheading: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 67thh session, 13 to 17 October 2014 Article Date: 20/10/2014 Description: Key step towards mandatory Polar Code achieved. Rollup Image:
    Natasha Brown
  • 30-FAL-39 September 30, 2014
    Page Heading: Mandatory electronic information exchange on horizon following revised FAL Convention approval Article Date: 30/09/2014 Description: Facilitation Committee approves revised annex to Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL). Rollup Image:
    Natasha Brown

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